NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A legal battle over the Bronx Zoo elephant heads back to court today.
The Nonhuman Rights Project says the zoo has been keeping the 48-year-old elephant named Happy inside a roughly one-acre exhibit for more than 40 years, 13 of which she has spent alone.READ MORE: 'Today, I Can Rejoice': New Yorkers Hit The Streets After Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty In George Floyd's Death
The animal rights group wants Happy to be moved to a private sanctuary where she can be with other elephants.READ MORE: Activists Celebrate Conviction Of Derek Chauvin In George Floyd's Death, But Say Fight Is Not Over: 'Tomorrow, We Still Have To Dismantle Systemic Oppression'
The zoo, however, believes Happy could face conflict if she lives with others.
A spokesperson has said, “Happy is content in the home she’s known for nearly four decades.”MORE NEWS: Police: Gabriel Dewitt Wilson In Custody After Deadly Shooting At West Hempstead Stop & Shop
An online petition to transfer the elephant received more than one million signatures.